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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Sunday, August 25, 2013 Geraldine Lee 0 Comments

The Breakdown


Excellent:
  • Genealogy
  • Concept
Nasty: 
  • Dragged out 
  • The dialogue
  • Characters 2D
    Rating: 4 stars

    The Review

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. 
    Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them. 
    In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.

    The first time I heard of Beautiful Creatures was really when the movie came out. I'd planned to see it, but then I found out it was formerly a book. Being me, I just had to read the book before seeing the movie!

    Beautiful Creatures felt a bit too dragged out, especially at the end. The first half of the book was pretty interesting, but then the last half of the book just felt incessantly drawn out. This could be for tension, or whatnot, but it only decreased the quality of the writing and made me bored. 

    The dialogue was one of the irritating things about this book. Garcia and Stohl keeps reminding that this is a book set in the South, by having the characters speak in a Southern accent. At the start, I kept getting confused when the characters say 'a' instead of 'of'. I realised that this was supposed to be Garcia and Stohl's attempt at giving the characters a voice and making it easy for the reader to hear the Southern accent. 

    Another thing that rubbed me the wrong way with this book, was the two dimensional qualities of the characters. Lena was constantly very angsty, because of school, her family, etc. The same goes with Ethan. He was very tenacious, and that was pretty much the only side that was seen of him, since this book was all about him and Lena. There should have been more scenes that depicted Ethan and Lena separate from each other, so that their characters could be fully fleshed out.

    The genealogy aspect of the book was very interesting for me. Genealogy is always interested, as evidenced by Cassandra Clare's incessant teasing of her readers with the family lines of her characters. Although there wasn't much of a mystery surrounding the genealogy of the Ethan or Lena

    The concept was interesting as well, with Casters and all. There was this whole thing of Light and Dark, and prophecies and curses, and that added a lot to the increasing tension and climax. As everything was revealed it slowly got more exciting and interesting. The different types of Casters were very unique, and it was amazing hearing about their abilities. 

    Beautiful Creatures enchanted me, much more than any book has been able to in the past 3 months, maybe even the past 6 months! Although the movie has an average rating, I'm going to see it~ If the movie was average, then it's definite that this book has a 4 star rating from me, because, it's a universal truth, that books are ALWAYS better than the movie.

    Keep reading and loving books,

    Geraldine

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